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Sunday Roundup: 3/1/15

New Games (3-1-15)Maybe it’s the curse of the collector to buy the crappiest of games and find thrill in it all, because that’s exactly what is happening right now. This week I picked up three games from Conspiracy Entertainment, arguably the worst publisher on the Wii, simply because of this infamy. If a game is terrible, maybe it’ll make for a collectible item in the future. In the near future it might even make for a fun video for this site: you never know! In direct contrast to Conspiracy’s lameness, I picked up two games from Zoo Games, which makes lesser known games, but Zoo’s games are actually decent. Outside of those, a nice DS game I found on eBay arrived this week, as well as a handful of super cheap DS games from GameStop. Overall a great week! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 03/02/2015 in Collecting, Nintendo DS, Wii

 

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Video Review: The Munchables

Watch my latest video review for The Munchables for Wii. It’s a true hidden gem, through and through!

 

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Jsick

 
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Posted by on 02/27/2015 in Wii

 

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Top Ten Favorite Dance Dance Revolution Songs

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Though its popularity has waned in recent years, Konami’s Dance Dance Revolution franchise has seen numerous entries on literally every platform on the market. It also seemingly single handedly saved arcades from total annilhilation: or at least it staved off their downfall for a few more years. For myself, DDR was a way of life in high school. A group of my friends and I would play every day (no exaggeration there, we’d literally play every day), oftentimes directly after a swim practice or other school event. We even had a small rivalry going with another group of DDR-players at the arcades and in school! While I deemed myself good at the game, I was never anywhere near a competitive level, with even my friends topping me at every corner. Regardless, Dance Dance Revolution made up a large part of my gaming years. I’ve been thinking about the game recently, after picking up a random game in the series, and that got me thinking about my all-time favorite songs from the series. Now, I’ve written a lot of articles on this blog about top tens and whatnot, but nothing has been as challenging to narrow down to just ten than this list! It was tough, but I managed to whittle down all the songs I’ve danced to to just ten, and here they are, my top ten favorite DDR songs! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Sunday Roundup: 2/22/15

Bomberman (DS) CoverBomberman
DS
Release Date: June 21st, 2005
Purchased at: Craigslist (San Jose, CA – $5)

A trio of games showed up on Craigslist last week, and of them I already owned one (Lock’s Quest for the DS), but I still thought the deal was too good to pass up. Though simple in concept, Bomberman remains one of my favorite party/strategy games out there. Being able to get eight Bombermen together is tough, but maybe with this game it’ll be possible: there’s Download Play available for multiplayer romps! The game, as with each of the Craigslist games this week, is in perfect condition as well.

Glory Days 2 CoverGlory Days 2
DS
Release Date: July 31st, 2007
Purchased at: Craigslist (San Jose, CA – $5)

I think I first saw Glory Days 2 a week or two back while looking up games on eBay. It showed up with a lot of other DS games, and I didn’t know anything at all about the title. It’s the second, obviously, in the series, with the first being totally generically named Super Army War. From the back of the box the game looks kind of awful, but reviews praise the game for it’s strategy and fun gameplay. Here’s hoping.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate CoverMonster Hunter 4 Ultimate
3DS
Release Date: February 13th, 2015
Purchased at: N/A (Gift!)

My brother sent over this game from LA as they received a copy in their office no one was using! I happily said I’d take the game, and after the first few hours, I can say without a doubt I enjoy this game a lot more than Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for 3DS! The game looks and plays better, without so much downtime between quests. I also feel like the game just looks better, with more attention to HUDs and menus. It’s still a slow grind (because that’s the point), but taking on your first or second huge monster is really cool and fun!

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DS
Release Date: March 24th, 2009
Purchased at: Amazon (Online – $5)

I’ve seen this game online for awhile now, and it usually comes in as more expensive than just $5. As a brand spanking new game, for that price I finally bit. Honestly, I’m vaguely interested in playing it: from the general idea of the game to what it looks like on the back of the box, it’s essentially a Trauma Center game, but with cars and mechanical terms. Seeing as I never really heard of this game before, however, I’m sure it’s far inferior to the renown Trauma Center series.

Laters,
Jsick

 

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Rare and Obscure Video Game Peripherals

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As long as there have been video games, there has been video game peripherals. Used to simulate, compliment, supplement, or straight up change the way we play a game, peripherals are one of the most hit or miss aspects of gaming culture. After the success of the Wii there were dozens upon dozens of totally useless peripherals to waste your money. While the onslaught of plastic is (hopefully) behind us, there are still game peripherals being released. While successes and failures are bound to happen across the board, the obscurity and rarity of some of these devices can fluctuate regardless of quality. Here are some of my favorite peripherals I’m still on the hunt for, as well as a few of the more obscure or bizarre entries into the gaming peripheral market. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Sunday Roundup: 2/15/15

DJ Star CoverDJ Star
DS
Release Date: November 10th, 2009
Purchased at: Amazon (Online – $4)

While perusing games online this week, I stumbled upon this little game new for just $4. Normally I stay away from rhythm themed DS games because they don’t really compare to the genre on the consoles, but I saw this game was developed by Deep Silver (the folks behind Dead Island and Saints Row, to name a few). DS Star is a rhythm game where you use the turntables to lay down the tunes. Surprisingly, the game was listed as new on Amazon, and I’ve had bad luck with “New” games being so cheap on the site: they are either obviously repackaged, or not new games at all. This one, however, still appears to be sealed in the original factory sealed plastic. Cool!

Myth Makers Trixie in Toyland CoverMyth Makers: Trixie in Toyland
Wii
Release Date: June 24th, 2008
Purchased at: eBay (Online – $3)

They are all horrible games, but some part of me simply wants to endure the pain and collect all of the Wii’s Myth Makers series. Earlier I was able to pick up a complete, used copy of Orbs of Doom from GameStop for less than a dollar thanks to some discounts. This game is freaking premium comparatively, but it’s been hard to track down used copies of them otherwise. And frankly, I’ll go for most any game under five dollars. Here’s to crappy games!

Legend of Zelda Majoras Mask 3D CoverThe Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
3DS
Release Date: February 13th, 2015
Purchased at: Target (Sunnyvale, CA – $35)

For the first time ever (Yes, ever) in my gaming life, I got up super early, waited outside of a store for it to open, and was one of the first people to buy The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D. But the game isn’t what I waited outside for: I actually bought the Majora’s Mask New Nintendo 3DS! They had just 10 in stock, so I got up at 5am, waited until they opened, and, along with nine other happy Nintendo fans, scored a limited edition New 3DS. Hooray for my gaming addiction now sapping sleep!

Hello Kitty Seasons CoverHello Kitty Seasons
Wii
Release Date: November 16th, 2010
Purchased at: eBay (Online – $5)

A small lot of games on eBay caught my eye on my feed this week, and, interestingly enough, the biggest draw to me was the Hello Kitty game. Essentially the same concept as Animal Crossing except with the Hello Kitty family of anthropomorphic animals, Hello Kitty Seasons was one of the first appearances of Sanrio’s mascot on the Wii. The game doesn’t look to be all that terrible, and seeing as Laura is a big fan of Animal Crossing (follow her blog on Tumblr!) and also enjoys some Hello Kitty plushies, this game is hers :)

Goosebumps Horrorland CoverGoosebumps: Horrorland
Wii
Release Date: October 30th, 2008
Purchased at: eBay (Online – $5)

A few things about this one. When I was growing up, like many kids my age, I was really into the Goosebumps series of books. “Welcome to Horrorland” was actually one of my favorites! Enter Goosebumps: Horrorland for Wii. A collection of Horrorland-themed mini-games, it’s more of a nostalgia trip for me than anything else. The value of the game is above $5, so the price of admission (get it?) was right. But best of all, this game is still sealed! I’ll likely keep it in the packaging for the time being, but I actually do want to check it out to see what it’s even like. Haunted mini-golf seems like my thing, no?

Smackdown vs Raw 2009 CoverSmackdown vs. Raw 2009
Wii
Release Date: November 9th, 2008
Purchased at: eBay (Online – $5)

Sometimes you get a collection of games for a cheap price, and sometimes there are games included that you otherwise have no business buying/playing. WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 is one of those games. At least my favorite wrestler when I actually did watch wrestling, Shawn Michaels, is on the cover. So that’s good…

Laters,
Jsick

 

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Persona Q is a Great Game! Persona Q is a Long Game. I’m Not Going to Finish Persona Q…

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I’ve spent a great deal of time with Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth and enjoyed every minute of it. I formed teams with my favorite characters from Persona 3 and made new friends from the lineup of Persona 4 characters. I’ve played cartographer and constructed 100% complete and perfect maps for over a dozen floors in the labyrinth. I’ve fused, sacrificed, and leveled up countless Personas, performed hundreds of all-out attacks, and helped Junpei Mr. X hit on girls. I’m not close to finishing the game, but I think I’m done. At least for now. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 02/10/2015 in Nintendo 3DS

 

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